Chris Woakes left the test circuit in India without playing a match under the ECB’s rotation policy.
The 31-year-old, who was part of England’s squads for tours to South Africa, Sri Lanka and India, has not appeared in any matches. He last played in an ODI against Australia in September last year.
The England and Wales Cricket Council have confirmed that Woakes has returned home according to the pre-arranged plan.
England’s highly controversial rotation policy has drawn a lot of criticism from several former players, including Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell.
The rotation policy saw goalkeeper Jos Buttler and versatile Moeen Ali return home after the first and second test against India respectively. Batsman Jonny Bairstow and pacemaker Mark Wood, who missed the first two games, have joined the squad for the remainder of the series.
England are currently behind 1-2 in the four-game series with the fourth and final test set to start here from Thursday.